Vision (1995)

by Dan Frechette

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released April 8, 1995

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Dan Frechette at Stonehenge Studios between September and November 1994. All songs and instruments by Dan Frechette.

All songs Copyright Dan Frechette (unless otherwise noted) and registered with SOCAN.

Cover photos Derek Owen.

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Track Name: King Merchant
King Merchant

I once met a man who lived on a hill
his name was King Merchant
His head was an illusion
he was from a town called worthless
He said life was just a game to him
his odds of winning were few
his odds of gambling were great
in his crazy state
in his mind state.

He'd wake up in the morning
and say "hello" to yesterday
I'd stop by his little window
and I'd tell him "hey, it's today"
He once joined an army
digging for fools gold
they left him there still digging
but he felt at home
oh he felt at home.

(chorus) Why am I King Merchant's friend?
Tell me why? Oh why?
And why does he nod along to everything I say?

I still know a man who lives on a hill
His name is King Merchant
He's still digging for fools gold
but not alone
he's with me.

(chorus)
Track Name: Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Where are you?
Take me home, Elizabeth!
Bring me back to my hometown
Where the time went so slow
and the days felt like years

I love you.
Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth
all the time -
all the times I'm not with you
and I find myself laughing
everytime you appear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!

Where are you?
Take me home, Elizabeth!
Bring me back
to my hometown
I don't trust my shoes
Frozen in the soil
Frozen with fear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!

I love you.
Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth
all the time -
all the times I'm not with you
and I find myself laughing
everytime you appear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!
Track Name: Happy Hour
Happy Hour

When four walls surround you
and you're tired and about to drift to sleep
and Mr.Moonlight whimpers
a scarlet shadowy melody

(Chorus) When you were young shining so bright in the sun
Did you ever explain that you wished it would rain?
And now that the night has you vanishing from sight
Don't you wish happy hour would just die away?

When I was a little child
I used to play these little tricks and games
and if something got broken
well I,
I always knew that I had a friend to blame.

(Chorus) When I was young shining so bright in the sun
I always complained and I wished it would rain?
And now that I'm old
I wear my darkness like a coat
and I wish happy hour would just die away.

(Chorus) When you were young shining so bright in the sun
Did you ever explain that you wished it would rain?
And now that the night has you vanishing from sight
Don't you wish happy hour would just die away?
Track Name: Vision
Vision

Somebody out there touched me tonight
I hope you can see me through these sillhouette lights

Vision
Come to me
Where do you hide?
Vision
I can't see
Where are your eyes?

Caressing the silence
she dances alone
searching for someone
someone to hold

Vision
come to me
come by my side
Vision
I believe
I'll love you tonight

There's a meaningless distance between us
Just like the distance that surrounds us all
Darkness hides and lets me see you
for the very first time at all

The last of sweat runs off your breast
into the puddle of passion you're melting in.

Vision
I believe
I'll love you tonight
Vision
come to me
into my life x 2
Track Name: When The War Breaks Out
When The War Breaks Out

You can hang your sign on me and follow me around and smile
While you preach for the sake of others
and disappear when the war breaks out
I don't know what you're planning to do but whatever you do is cold
you gather your people around you and disappear when the war breaks out.

When you feel the time has come you quietly end the fight
Laughing at those cowardly fools who escaped when the war broke out.
When your mind is on the loose you come to me and explain
how these drastic measures will be reduced before the laws go down
and disappear when the war breaks out
and disappear when the war breaks out

When the time is gone and life around you dies
you complain how life is treating you
and it's confusion all around.
You say you think I let you down
is it worth the waste of time?
in the ruins of the 20th century to even care about who lost?
You disappear when the war breaks out.
You disappear when the war breaks out.

Well, disappear when the war breaks out.
Disappear when the war breaks out.
disappear when the war breaks out.
disappear when the war breaks out.
Track Name: Angel Of Mercy
Angel Of Mercy

Angel of mercy
flying alone
Mystifying mistress from the maelstorm
Angel of mercy
let your mercy go
and be my angel of freedom

Let's run for shelter from the coming of the storm
I see vague traces of lightning
angel of mercy I want nothing more
than to be with you when I'm escaping

Let's wander out into the night by ourselves
find some pleasure in the darkness
Take these eyes away from myself
let them see into your heart now.

Angel of mercy
flying alone
Mystifying mistress from the maelstorm
Angel of mercy
let your mercy go
and be my angel of freedom
Track Name: Yesterday's Blooming Flower
Yesterday's Blooming Flower

I've got a friend who thinks out loud
and tells me of her dreams
Someday soon she'll touch my soul
and make them true
I have watched storms with her
barefoot in the rain
we haven't done much else together
but come what may

(chorus)
She's yesterday's blooming flower
tomorrow's blossomed rose
I watch her as the storms go by
and I watch her as she grows (and my good old gypsy friend knows)
and someday we will meet
with no secrets left to say
and we'll learn to sleep and dream
on the bed where lovers lay

Her eyes have witnessed nothing
but darkness death and pain
Someday soon she'll realise
she's not to blame
Her wishing well days will be over soon
you can tell by how she tries
to take the smiles with the blues
and the sun with the night.

(chorus)
Track Name: Ballad Of A Survivor
Ballad Of A Survivor

People say that my life lies somewhere between
A messed up mind and a thousand swept up dreams.
The time it has come so please listen to my song
and don't take concern on where I am from
For I am a wanderer I'll be lost until I'm found.

I must have had nerve to show up with nothing to show
Except a fear I was jealous of those dreams of yours.
I stood by my promise to be better than that
To be living in paradise while living on the edge
And forever I'll be with the past behind me
Hope forever won't be as long as it will be.

I steered out from home without ever swallowing my pride
I wanted more out of this than a life full of lies.
Somebody told me I needed a plan
Somebody told me someday I would stand
With a mind of memories seeking revenge.
Track Name: Colonel Poguey in E Major
Colonel Poguey In E Major

There was this guy I knew from back in my hometown
We went to school together as old children
We used to kick stones all along this road here, you see
and we used to talk about girls.
His name was Charlie, don't you know?
He was a bit confused because the folks loved him and the schoolkids hated him.
I was his only friend.
He used to bring me to his uncle's house.
Yeah, we'd go play hide and go seek down in the sewerline
and I'd always find him.
He'd be there whistling "colonel poguey".
Whistling "Colonel Poguey in E Major", he used to say.

(chorus) And then we'd talk about girls.
and then we'd talk about girls, girls, girls
And then we'd talk about girls
And then we'd talk about girls.

Few years later me and Charlie hitched off together
Went to find some action in nearby Denver
Without any money so Charlie tried his luck
Whistling "colonel poguey" on a streetcorner.
Well everyone turned as they passed us on the main drag
they threw a couple of coins in his hat.
Soon we had enough to buy ourselves a bus ticket back home.

(chorus)

Few years later still I went as a pipefitter in Birmingham.
Charlie went as a streetman.
We never crossed paths again.
Because Charlie got shot, you know?
Charlie got shot my some foreign face in Utah
who stole Charlie's earnings for gas money - but not without a fight.

Well, I cried but it was God's will.
I cried but it was God's will.
Yeah, now when I see two kids kicking stones.
I ask them if they know the song "Colonel Poguey"
When they say "No" I teach them the song.

(chorus)
Track Name: Somebody Died Yesterday
Somebody Died Yesterday

I raise my glass to the widow in disguise
I raise my glass to the ones who knew you well
I raise my glass to these strangers dressed in black, knowing that,
somebody died yesterday
somebody died yesterday

Halo-headed criminals with personal desires
Children of calamity
their hearts are still on fire
Confusion rid them of their minds again
they must find the time to hide their eyes away
because when seeing is believing
the sunlight splits the haze
Somebody died yesterday
Somebody died yesterday.

When the bully falls I'll be laughing
Man, ain't life unkind?
Agony takes another drag off her cigarette and smiles.
There is always something left to face
Forget about your wounds they'll heal someday
I'll be waiting for my anger
to bleed those beasts away in sorrow
Somebody died yesterday
Somebody died yesterday.

Paper-hearted metaphors seeking where to hide
Branded from existence
reality tells a lie
there is always something left to blame
the rose gets wilted and nothing stays the same
there is nothing left to yell
and less to take away
Somebody died yesterday
Somebody died yesterday

The lonesome ghostly widowed lover
May I kiss the night?
Love was her religion
Truth was her sacrifice.
But who will know just where that truth was laid?
The drunken politician cries today
He once knew all the answers
but now there's nothing left for him to say
but "my buddy died yesterday"
but my buddy died yesterday.

I raise my glass
to the ones who knew your name
I raise my glass
to the ones who felt your pain
I raise my glass
to the ones who played your game
Somebody died yesterday
Somebody died yesterday.

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